Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.
WHO IS THE WFA FOR?
The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines.
WHAT IS TAUGHT?
The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.
WHERE AND WHEN IS IT HELD?
Our class will be located on the grounds of the Fresh Air Fund's Sharpe Reservation
436 Van Wyck Lake Rd, Fishkill, NY 12524 (MAP)
Class starts at 9:00 am and ends at 5:30 pm
WHAT ABOUT ROOM AND BOARD?
Lunch is included on both days and coffee, tea, and snacks are also provided.
There are numerous hotel options available nearby but you also have the option of free lodging in the building we'll be using for the class. We'll provide a mattress and shower/bathroom facilities but you'll need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow, and towel.
Free shuttle from Beacon train station on Friday between 4 - 7 pm and after class concludes on Sunday evening.
IS THERE AN EXAM?
Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course.
DO I GET CERTIFIED?
Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years.
DOES THE WFA COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?
The WFA may give continuing ed credits (depending on the specific requirements for your certification) and is approved for recertifying SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder program.
CAN I RECERTIFY MY WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER (WFR) WITH THIS COURSE? Yes, but only if you have a WFR certification from SOLO!